In A Vase On Monday—In A Basket

In A Vase On Monday - In A Basket

In A Vase On Monday – In A Basket

As the week begins I join Cathy with In A Vase On Monday, an opportunity to share an arrangement using materials collected from the garden.

Sunday evening we had rain! Much needed, much appreciated rain. But Sunday afternoon I began today’s vase with the idea of creating a small design using bright multicolored flower clusters of Lantana camara.  Given the increasingly dry conditions in the garden for the last six or seven weeks it seemed unlikely much else would be available. But I noticed some Perovskia (Russian Sage) that looked fresh, similarly Verbena bonariensis, and surprisingly, even three Iceberg roses.

In A Vase On Monday

In A Vase On Monday – Lantana camara

I added a few zinnias and marigolds. Soon I had collected not armloads of flowers, but certainly more than expected. It felt bounteous.

Searching around for a container I thought of simply displaying the flowers informally in a basket. The idea stuck and I chose an egg basket I had woven many years ago.

Perovskia atriplicifolia (Russian Sage)

Perovskia atriplicifolia (Russian Sage)

Grouping them into bundles by flower type, I loosely inserted the colorful blooms into the basket, layering them to suggest they had been gathered that way. [I did not use water so after taking photographs, the flowers were unceremoniously placed in a ceramic vase where they should last for much of the week.

In A Vase On Monday

In A Vase On Monday

In A Vase On Monday - In A Basket

In A Vase On Monday – In A Basket

In A Vase On Monday - In A Basket

In A Vase On Monday – In A Basket

Materials
Chrysanthemum
Lantana camara (Common lantana)
Lathyrus latifolius (Perennial Sweet Pea)
Perovskia atriplicifolia (Russian Sage)
Rosa ‘Iceberg’
Tagetes (Marigold)
Verbena bonariensis (Tall Verbena)
Zinnia ‘Cut and Come Again Mix’
Zinnia ‘Burpeeana Giants Mix’
Zinnia elegans ’Cactus Flower Blend’
Twin-bottom egg basket, reed and wisteria

In A Vase On Monday - In A Basket

In A Vase On Monday – In A Basket

It is always such a pleasure to put together a weekly vase and especially I like the rich colors and the spontaneity of this Monday’s display. I took additional photos outdoors in the garden and have included some of them here. If you have time, click to enlarge these images and view as a slideshow.

Thanks to Cathy for hosting and giving us a chance to express our flower arranging passion. Visit her at Rambling In The Garden to discover what she and others are placing In A Vase On Monday.

29 thoughts on “In A Vase On Monday—In A Basket

  1. Christina

    I love flowers displayed in a basket and I realise I haven’t used one this year . I must remedy that. Your flowers do look bounteous, more mid-summer than the beginning of autumn, lovely.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      It was amazing to find as many blooms as there were today. I took a basket weaving class with a friend that was quite fun. Haven’t tried it in a long time though. It’s very hard on one’s hands.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      I believe it will last 3-5 days, but haven’t actually used it indoors lately, so may have to update that time frame. Lantana has a pungent scent that I’m usually happier leaving outdoors for the butterflies to enjoy.

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  2. Cathy

    Oh how intriguing – you used wisteria as part of your weaving! The blooms look fantastic in the basket – was there not an insert you could have used to keep them there with water, even if it was just a plastic bag? The spikey zinnias are really growing on me and with the lantana they help the whole arrangement go with a real zing. You will certainly get much pleasure from this assortment and thank you for sharing it with us 🙂

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Yes, wisteria was a great material for the handles, especially liked leaving the curlicues of tendrils. I didn’t take time to look for the appropriate mechanics yesterday, but yes, I think I could have used floral foam and made a stronger, lasting arrangement. I plopped them afterwards into a vase and they should hold up well.

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  3. Kris P

    I love the shape of that basket – I don’t think you could have found a better receptacle for this collection of flowers. It’s too bad they couldn’t stay there. You did a beautiful job in arranging the flowers by color to create a nice section of the rainbow too.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks so much Kris. Basket making was fun for the few months I did it and this type was one of my favorites. I should have planned better to allow the flowers to remain, but ran out of time when I was fixing them on Sunday.

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  4. Cathy

    So pretty Susie! That’s a lovely idea to use a basket, and then move the flowers into water later. The colours are so vivid, almost spring-like. 🙂

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thank you. I don’t often bring Lantana indoors because it has a pungent odor, but the variations of color on each cluster of flowers are so interesting and work well with other blooms.

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